The NFL may make extra points harder this preseason.
The league is considering having teams line up at the 25-yard line, instead of the 2-yard line, for preseason extra points, according to NFL.com. That would make an extra point the equivalent of a 43-yard field goal, instead of a 20-yard field goal.
“There is no consensus yet,” one Competition Committee member told NFL.com. “We could experiment in preseason, but we are not there yet.”
If the league goes ahead with the experiment of moving the extra point back to the 25, it would presumably leave two-point conversion attempts at the 2-yard line, and teams would be much more likely to go for two. (Perhaps the NFL could invent a three-point conversion for a team that lines up at the 25 to kick an extra point but decides to try to get into the end zone with a fake.)
The league does not appear to be close to any type of consensus about changing the rules on extra points for the regular season. But experimenting with potential changes during the preseason could be a step toward making extra points — currently the NFL’s most boring plays — more interesting.